The Journal of Commerce Ranks Top 100 Importers and Exporters for 2010, Report Finds Mixed Signals for Recovery Balanced with Optimism

Jun 01, 2010, 15:22 ET from The Journal of Commerce

NEWARK, N.J., June 1/PRNewswire/ -- Trade recovery so far this year is real, and relief is abundant, reports The Journal of Commerce in its annual Top 100 Importers and Exporters report. The special edition features exclusive rankings of the Top 100 importers and exporters of containerized goods for 2009, along with market segment analysis, valuable economic insight and expert commentary.  


The report finds that the country's largest importer, Wal-Mart Stores, reduced its import volume by 36,000 containers in 2009, or 5.3 percent fewer than in 2008. The deepest reduction in container volume among the top-tier retailers, however, came at Costco Wholesale, which reduced its container imports by more than 29,000, or 15 percent. The reductions came amid declining consumer demand, particularly during the downturn in the first nine months of the year, and as companies reduced packaging and narrowed inventories.

The JOC Top 100 special edition includes investigative articles exploring the current and future marketplace for key sectors, including retail, agriculture, forest products, furniture and electronics.

Pushed to go leaner, many retailers have discovered changes they made to get through the recession continue to boost their bottom lines. A Top 100 feature story on the ever-changing dynamics of the global supply chain includes a study of an overhaul at Home Depot, the nation's largest home-improvement retailer and No. 3 on the ranking of Top 100 Importers.

Also in this week's JOC, the Cover Story investigates the high stakes of transportation interests jockeying for position in the next round of federal funding. Without the traditional modal boundaries and restrictions, the Department of Transportation's grant structure for freight infrastructure has ports smarting from losses in the first round and has their customers concerned that U.S. ports will be able to remain competitive.

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